Lime & Pistachio Muffins

So today is Memorial Day in the US. Those of us in the UK obviously don’t commemorate Memorial Day, but we also have a public holiday here today. It’s commonly known as the Late May Bank Holiday, not to be confused with the Early May Bank Holiday. How original, right?!

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Looking at the history behind this public holiday in the UK, it seems like the government just decided to add another public holiday to the calendar year, and chose the last Monday in May as the special day. This irks me quite a lot, it really does.

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

{Start rant!} If I could go back in time to the 1960s, when this public holiday began in the UK, I would point out to all the rule-makers that it’s really silly having four (Good Friday, Easter Monday, Early May and Late May Bank Holidays) out of the eight public holidays within a two month period. Put that with the three public holidays that fall within a one week period as well (Chirstmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day), and you have a lot of public holidays grouped together and a long wait between those groupings.

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

This means that we have no public holidays between January and Easter, June and late August and September and Christmas. Surely morale would be a lot better if they were spread out a little bit? Just saying! {End rant!}

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Ok, now that my rant is over, I’m going to go off on a completely different tangent. From all the American blogs I follow, it seems that Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for a lot of people in the US. I wish I could say the same for the UK. Unfortunately, we are still experiencing the Spring showers common to the UK and today would not be considered anything close summer by any sane person.

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

In the spirit of rainy days, we’re having a super quiet day that consists of cleaning the flat and chilling to the max. We missed the boat on arranging to go away for the long weekend, so it’s been a pretty quiet one really. Not that I’m complaining. It’s nice waking up on a Monday morning and rolling over to get a couple more hours sleep. And rain just encourages chillaxing even more, don’t you think?

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

These Lime & Pistachio Muffins are a great snack when chillaxing. They’re also a great summer muffin, because citrus = summer in my books. If only the weather would co-operate…

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

There’s a hint of lime and a scattering of crushed pistachios in the batter of the muffins, but the real party is on top, where the rest of the crushed pistachios are sprinkled and a lime syrup is drizzled. The syrup keeps these muffins really moist, and brings out the lime flavour so well. The crunch of the pistachios bring a great texture to the muffins along with that subtle nutty flavour so unique to pistachios.

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Lime & Pistachio Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

MUFFINS:

30g butter, softened

Zest of 1 lime

⅓ cup caster sugar

1 egg

¼ tsp salt

1¼ cups plain flour

2½ tsp baking powder

⅔ cup milk

¼ cup finely chopped pistachios (can be done in food processor or by hand), divided

SYRUP:

Juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp water

⅓ cup caster sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Grease a regular 12-hole muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium speed to combine butter, lime zest, caster sugar, egg and salt until smooth, about 4 minutes. Sift in half the flour and all of the baking powder, then add half the milk. Beat until combined, then sift in remaining flour and add remaining milk. Beat until just combined, then add half the chopped pistachios and beat on low speed for 30 seconds, until pistachios are evenly distributed.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared pan, filling each hole about ¾ full. Sprinkle remaining pistachios on top and press gently into batter. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for about 5 minutes, then turn onto wire rack to cool completely.
  4. As muffins are cooling on rack, make lime syrup: Combine lime juice, water and caster sugar in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring for about 4 minutes, until sugar is completely dissolved. Without bringing to boil, simmer uncovered, for approximately 2 minutes to thicken slightly.
  5. Place a sheet of baking paper or a baking tray under the wire rack to catch excess syrup, then slowly pour a generous amount of lime syrup onto each muffin. Allow muffins to finish cooling and syrup to soak through before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recipe adapted from The Australian Women’s Weekly Muffins, Scones & Breads Cookbook, 1999 edition.

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14 comments

  1. These look so amazing!

    1. Thanks Sarah! They were super tasty!

  2. Great job Alice these photos are amazing!

    1. Thanks Jess, sometimes you get a perfectly lit day that just makes taking photos so much easier!

  3. I’ve never eaten them, but it looks amazing. I’m going to try your recipe 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’d love to know what you think of them if you do make them.

  4. I could eat these the morning and for an afternoon snack! Great recipe, i love the flavor combo!

    1. A bit of a delayed reply from me, but thanks Tahny! I feel like the lime and pistachio are both healthy, so the muffins must be too, which means I can eat them all day everyday!

  5. YUM YUM! Looks so good!

    1. Another delayed reply from me! Thanks Whitney!

  6. Very creative flavor combination! And love the pics!

    1. Thanks Lori!

  7. What a wonderful combination, lime and pistachio, great photography too, thanks for sharing, pinned!

    1. Thanks Lily!

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